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December 7, 2005

Global Warming

-- by Dave Johnson

Last night I attended a 90-minute presentation by Al Gore on the subject of global warming. I don't have time to write about it this morning (pesky day job) but the article linked here covers it pretty well. It was an extraordinary event, attended by many of Silicon Valley's business leaders, like Steve Jobs, the Google guys. It was a terrific presentation but terrifying. It is truly the most important issue facing us. For example, the glaciers are melting, and the Himalayan glaciers provide water to 40% of the Asian population.

After seeing Gore's presentation I worry that we just might be entering a "runaway" scenario, where the melting of the tundra in Siberia is releasing so much CO2 that we won't be able to stop this. But we should be trying. Instead our government is making it worse, and laughing about it.

One of the most import points Gore made was that there is not a single scientist or study that disputes that human activity is dramatically increasing the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and that this creates a greenhouse effect that warms the planet. BUT 53% of all newspaper stories surveys said there is dispute or controversy. This shows the power of the Right's machine to influence the information that people receive. And an informed public is the necessary foundation for a functioning democracy.

Posted by Dave Johnson at December 7, 2005 8:48 AM

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Very timely post, Dave! And in Australia the same sort of 'reporting' is going on making out that there is a dispute/controversy re global warming.

Posted by: Helga Fremlin at December 7, 2005 1:59 PM

I hope you'll find time to write a report on this discussion with Gore. We could be in a runaway situation, but we don't have to keep making it worse.

Posted by: MJ at December 8, 2005 7:14 AM

Actually, the melting Siberian tundra is also releasing vast amounts of methane, which is much more efficient greenhouse gas than CO2.

Posted by: thebhc at December 9, 2005 12:28 PM

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